It’s an extraordinary story. One that saved not only hundreds of Afghans, but some of America’s creed and honor. Yet it has received little coverage in the press, outside of the United States. So here it is, from my perspective—that of a French philosopher who has loved America since he was a child. I don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle. But on Aug. 28 The New York Times published an op-ed by Elliot Ackerman, a highly decorated Marine veteran of five tours in Afghanistan who has since become a brilliant journalist and novelist. There is also a long and detailed article, on the site of ABC News, that Tablet’s literary editor David Samuels shared with me. And I assembled bits…
Translated by Steven B. Kennedy
Article published in Tablet, September 03, 2021
Even in the midst of deep humiliation, there are still signs of the exceptional nation I’ve loved since childhood.